Diehl: War­ren has de­liv­ered zero for Mass.

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By O’RYAN JOHN­SON — oryan.john­son@boston­her­ald.com

Repub­li­can Ge­of­frey G. Diehl is ham­mer­ing home the idea that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth War­ren has done noth­ing for Bay State vot­ers since they sent her to Washington in 2012.

“The job of se­na­tor should be to lis­ten to the peo­ple of Mas­sachusetts and try to go down there and work with Congress, to work with the pres­i­dent,” Diehl told the Welles­ley Repub­li­can Town Com­mit­tee last night.

“And she, of course, has said she has no in­ten­tion of do­ing that. In fact she’s writ­ten two books while she’s been in of­fice. She’s made $1.6 mil­lion on those books for her­self pri­vately, but she has de­liv­ered zero for Mas­sachusetts.”

Diehl, a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Whit­man, is in the GOP pri­mary, run­ning for the right to chal­lenge War­ren in 2018. Diehl said while no de­bates have been planned, he hopes to have many in the run-up to November.

“There hasn’t been any dis­cus­sion of de­bates yet, but I’m look­ing for­ward to as many as pos­si­ble lead­ing up to the elec­tion,” he said.

“As soon as they’re ready, we’re cer­tainly ready on our end.”

Diehl, who was then­can­di­date Don­ald Trump’s Mas­sachusetts chair­man, said the econ­omy is grow­ing be­cause busi­nesses see a friendly Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in Washington.

“We’re see­ing a lot of growth be­cause I think they’re look­ing at the pres­i­dent as some­one who has done a great job of reg­u­la­tion re­form, some­body who has let our com­pa­nies and our small busi­nesses grow,” Diehl said.

“And now they’re try­ing to take up tax re­form, cut the cor­po­rate tax rate, which is the high­est in the in­dus­tri­al­ized world, cut the cor­po­rate tax rate down so that our coun­try and Mas­sachusetts has the chance to grow a lot faster. Elizabeth War­ren ba­si­cally said a few weeks ago that she is op­posed to all tax re­form that has been put for­ward by Congress and the pres­i­dent.”

Diehl said he be­lieves War­ren is plan­ning a run for pres­i­dent in 2020, given how much time she spends out of state and fundrais­ing for fel­low Democrats.

“She clearly wants to run in 2020,” he said.

“When you go around Mas­sachusetts and talk to peo­ple about that you see them roll their eyes, be­cause we’re tired of this state be­ing over­looked and used just as a spring­board.”

Diehl said he be­lieves she will be vul­ner­a­ble in 2018 with­out for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on the bal­lot, and with­out the state’s gov­er­nor cam­paign­ing for her.

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